Succulent Pots

What are Succulent Pots?

Succulent pots are many things to your plants. They are your plants’ shoes, houses, vehicles, etc. Picking a pot for your plant is the next most important decision you will make about your gardening after picking the plant. These vessels play a central role in the appearance and wellbeing of your succulents.  

Succulents’ pots can be made of various materials, as we shall observe later. You should choose a pot carefully to help meet both your aesthetic and practical needs.

This article will help you choose a pot for your succulents.

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Factors to Consider When Buying a Pot

Drainage 

The type of succulent you want to plant determines how pervious your pot must be. Most succulents loath a wet environment, so porous pots are usually the best option.

Color & Texture

The color and texture you choose will be informed by the look you want. Your interior designer or landscaper might help you decide which colors and textures are best for your space.

Weight 

Will you be carrying your succulents around, or will they be stationery? Go for a light pot if you will be moving them about and a heavier one if you want them to be stationary. Top-heavy plants require heavier pots to anchor them.

Material 

There are many materials from which pots can be made. The material from which a pot is made determines everything else about it. Its drainage, color and texture, and weight.

 Select the material according to appearance and durability. Also, consider the effects its chemical composition might have on the plants.

The following are the types of pots from which you can choose.

Ceramic

These pots are made of clay and seasoned to harden them. Ceramic pots come as glazed and unglazed. Glazed pots are waterproof, while unglazed pots are porous. They, therefore, allow water and air to pass through.

Succulents don’t do well in a wet environment. The unglazed pots are, therefore, ideal for removing excess water from your succulents’ roots. The clay used to make these pots also absorbs excess water from the soil on which you have planted your succulents are planted. This further improves your succulents’ environment. The roots and stem rot if they remain in the water for too long.

These pots are relatively heavy, enabling them to provide adequate support and balance for the top-heavy succulents. The other advantage of ceramic pots is that they are easy to decorate, thus accentuating your plants’ beauty. You can even have them painted in colors that match or complement your plants. These pots are thick, and they can insulate your plants from temperature fluctuations.

It is not advisable to use these pots on outdoor plants in zones that experience frigid winters. Frozen water can easily cause them to crack. You shouldn’t use them if you move your plants often due to their relatively fragile nature.

Terracotta 

Like ceramics, these pots are made of clay. One might argue that these pots are made of ‘raw’ clay as they come in a single reddish-brown color. Terracotta pots are highly permeable to air and water. In this way, they keep the soil dry, which is imperative for many succulents’ health.

 If your plant requires a certain level of wetness, ensure you water it regularly when planted in a terracotta pot. Failure to water them often will cause the soil to dry out, which is detrimental to your succulent health.

The pots are heavy, providing support for the top-heavy plants, and they crack easily on exposure to ice, just like ceramic pots. The pots sometimes get so hot. They can destroy succulents during hot summers.

Fiberglass 

Fiberglass succulent pots have many advantages. They can be designed to look like other materials such as wood, ceramic, etc.

These pots are lighter and cheaper than other materials. Their lightness is an advantage if you intend to be moving your plant. Fiberglass weight becomes a disadvantage if your succulent is top-heavy. It will keel-over when the plant has reached its full weight.

Fiberglass is more durable than other materials. Its strength enables it to withstand extreme weather conditions. One of the fiberglass’s drawbacks is its non-porous nature. This can be a problem in light of succulents’ roots’ inability to withstand a wet environment. One may mitigate the problem by perforating the pot to allow the water to flow out.

Plastic 

Like fiberglass, plastic is light and versatile. It can be made to appear like rock, ceramic, and other materials. Plastic has traditionally been viewed as short-lived and low class, but new technology enables it to make some pretty impressive creations.

Unless it is perorated, plastic is impervious to water, so it might cause your plant roots to rot. The lightweight is advantageous when you want to move your plant, but it isn’t a good fit for top-heavy plants.

Plastic is an all-weather material that can withstand the elements. These pots are affordable, and their versatility allows them to be designed in different shapes, and there are hundreds of them to choose from.

Wood 

Wood planters come in a few varieties; troughs carved out of wooden pots, etc. The durability of these planters is generally determined by the type of wood used to make them – hardwood is more durable than softwood.

Wooden planters can withstand cold winters, but they are likely to rot when exposed to water for long. You can delay rotting by treating the wood using preservatives such as varnish if it is not harmful to the succulent you want to plant.

You can also fortify your planter against rotting by lining it with plastic to keep it from absorbing water. Such a planter will need to be perforated to avoid waterlogging. Wood is heavy, thus providing anchorage to your top-heavy plants, and it gives your garden an authentic and natural look.

Cast Stone 

You use cast stone and concrete planters when you have no intention of moving your plants after potting. They are heavy and highly durable.

These pots are porous, which is suitable for succulents. Be cautious when using them because concrete has lots of lime, making your soil alkaline. Alkaline soil is poisonous to many succulents. You can reduce the alkalinity by watering the planters a few times to drain the lime before potting your plants.

Metal 

These can be made from various metals such as iron, steel, cast iron, etc. You use these pots if you are going for the distinct look they provide. They are non-porous, which presents a challenge for cacti and succulents that rot due to excess water. You should perforate them to allow for better drainage.

Metal planters can get exceedingly hot and destroy plants during summers. Iron rusts when exposed to water. You can mitigate this by painting the planters every once in a while. Metallic planters can be fashioned into different artistic shapes to accentuate the beauty of your succulents further.

Glass 

Glass forms beautiful planters when expertly fashioned. The problem with it is that it is fragile and non-porous. It is also tricky to perforate it, so the water you put into the planter will usually remain, affecting your succulents.

The information above provides essential information on pot selection. Many other factors are to be considered when choosing a specific pot. The floral arrangement you want to use is one of them.

All succulent pots come in different shapes, and various manufacturers make these vessels. It is advisable to visit various suppliers to see what they have before coming to a decision. Engage in the services of an expert in the decision.

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